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#1 2023-07-05 14:30

migf1
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q4os gemini 32 bit live cd?

Hello,

I'd like to test Q4OS Gemini/Trinity on a ancient Toshiba Satellite 1.5Gb RAM/Pentium M750 (2M Cache, 1.86 GHz, 533 MHz FSB). It is my understanding that 64 bit os'es and apps are not supported on that hardware. It is currently set with dual boot between WinXP SP3 and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS via Wubi, both of which are obsolete and unsupported.

Furthermore, that laptop cannot boot from usb and it's hard-disk has only 6gb left free.

So I wanted to prepare a Q4OS Gemini/Trinity 32bit live cd and test it, without touching the existing data, but I cannot find that option in the Downloads page. I only see an install-cd option which I'm not sure if it's the same with a live-cd. Seems it is not.

Can someone give some pointer on how I can test Q4OS Gemini 32 bit on that laptop without actually installing it? I'm new to all this.

Thanks in advance.

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#2 2023-07-05 14:57

q4osteam
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Re: q4os gemini 32 bit live cd?

Unfortunately, no 32bit Q4OS live media is available. We can only suggest you to test Debian live media with another desktop environment. If Debian works, Q4OS should work as well, you could test it in a Virtual machine. The install-cd will install 32bit Q4OS with Trinity.

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#3 2023-07-05 15:17

migf1
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Re: q4os gemini 32 bit live cd?

Thank you very much for the quick response!

I'll try the Debian live as you suggested, thanks again (not sure installing a virtual machine on that laptop is even possible).

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#4 2023-07-05 15:51

MrBcx
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Re: q4os gemini 32 bit live cd?

FYI

Q4OS is the first Linux distro that I've spent anytime seriously exploring.  I'm mostly a Windows guy.

I installed 4.12 Gemini 32-bit on a 2004 Toshiba Satellite about 5 days ago with similar spec's as yours.
Mine has a Pentium 4, 2GB, Nvidia, 128GB HDD.   It originally came with WinXP.

I installed the minimal Q4OS system from the Desktop Profiler app, just to get me started and progressed from there.
The main rub for me was getting the NVidia driver for my 17" screen.  This mostly worked for me:

$ sudo apt install nvidia-legacy-390xx-driver

I do get a couple of Nvidia Load Fail messages at boot but the graphics are correct and my 17" screen is fully utilized.
Everything else is working GREAT! 

For such an old, weak laptop, Q4OS 4.12 Gemini 32-bit has saved it from the scrap heap.

More importantly, Q4OS has also given me new things to think about.


My website:  https://BcxBasicCoders.com

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#5 2023-07-05 17:01

MrBcx
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Re: q4os gemini 32 bit live cd?

MrBcx wrote:

FYI

I installed 4.12 Gemini 32-bit on a 2004 Toshiba Satellite about 5 days ago with similar spec's as yours.
Mine has a Pentium 4, 2GB, Nvidia, 128GB HDD.   It originally came with WinXP.

Here is a 2-1/2 min video of the boot.  Sorry for my amateurish video. 

The real joy starts at 1:40:00

www(dot)bcxbasiccoders(dot)com/bcxusers/mrbcx/Q4OS_Boot_on_2004_Toshiba_Satellite.webm


My website:  https://BcxBasicCoders.com

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#6 2023-07-05 18:40

migf1
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Re: q4os gemini 32 bit live cd?

MrBcx wrote:
MrBcx wrote:

FYI

I installed 4.12 Gemini 32-bit on a 2004 Toshiba Satellite about 5 days ago with similar spec's as yours.
Mine has a Pentium 4, 2GB, Nvidia, 128GB HDD.   It originally came with WinXP.

Here is a 2-1/2 min video of the boot.  Sorry for my amateurish video. 

The real joy starts at 1:40:00

www(dot)bcxbasiccoders(dot)com/bcxusers/mrbcx/Q4OS_Boot_on_2004_Toshiba_Satellite.webm

Thank you for the info and the video! Mine has an AMD ATI X300 128MB gpu, and just 80Gb hard-disk (which is almost full, only 6gb free, and its current ubuntu 14.04lts cannot even upgrade to 16.04lts cause it complains it's at least 1 gig short for even downloading the needed packages).

Not sure it is even worth the effort tbh.

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